Jane Alexander is a sculptor whose works comment on current socio political issues in South Africa. Using direct modeling techniques and working in plaster, she produces life size figures, which gain presence from their human scale, and small figures set in multimedia installations. In her sculptures and photomontages she synthesizes her perceptions of the human condition, locating her themes in her own experience. The artist offers no supporting commentary and maintains that her sculpture is primarily a visual statement. As a result, her works require close scrutiny and ask the viewer to construct meaning.
Alexander was born in Johannesburg and completed her BAFA and her MAFA at the University of the Witwatersrand. She teaches sculpture, and works mainly with figurative sculpture installation and tableaux, and photomontage. Her research interests include migration, security, and contemporary art production in Africa and the Diaspora as well as its reception, distribution and marketing within an international context.